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F. Chopin: Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60
E. Granados: Goyesca No. 4, »Quejas o la maja y el ruiseñor«
M. Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit
S. L. Weiss: Sonata No. 29 in A Minor, “L’Infidele”
J. S. Bach: Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E flat major, BWV 998
H. Bornefeld: Psalterium
R. Grünwald: Ungarische Fantasie No. 1
Melika Buza was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1999 and became interested in music as a young child. At the age of four she began playing the piano and when she was seven she became a pupil in her local music school. Melika continued her musical training at the Intermediate Music School in Zenica, where she was the youngest pupil to have ever attended the school. While still a student at the school she received a grant from the “Building Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Knowledge” foundation, and has thrice won awards from the Ministry of Culture, Science and Sport of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina for outstanding achievements and representing her country in international piano competitions. Melika has performed in many different countries and received more than 40 national and international prizes such as first prize in the international piano competition “Memorijal Jurica Murai” in Varaždin, first prize in the Matusja Blum International Competition in Sarajevo, first prize in the Davorin Jenko International Piano Competition in Belgrade, first prize in the Banja Luka Biennial International Piano Competition, first prize in the Slobomir International Piano Competition, the golden plaque in the International Koroška Piano Competition in Slovenia, second prize in the EPTA International Competition for Young Pianists in Osijek and an honorary mention at the NTD International Piano Competition in New York. She was also a semi-finalist in the City of Vigo International Piano Competition (2019), where the president of the jury was Martha Argerich. Melika regularly cooperates with national orchestras, festivals and attends masterclasses with renowned professors including Sofija Gulyak, Robert Levin, Grigory Gruzman, Milana Chernyavska, Aleksandar Serdar, Ruben Dalibaltayan, Vasilly Scherbakov, Planinka Jurisic-Atic, Kemal Gekich and many others. In 2019 she received a grant for exceptionally gifted students in the name of the city of Graz from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz where she studied from 2016 under Otto Niederdorfer. Since 2019 she has been continuing her studies under Sergio De Simone.
Tajda Krajnc from Šentjur has been a student at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich since 2016, studying the zither under Georg Glasl. In 2019 she studied piano as a minor subject under Sylvia Hewig-Tröscher. Ever since she was a girl she has participated in competitions both on the zither and the piano and always reaches for the highest prizes. In 2017 she won first prize in the International Competition and Festival of Soloists and Chamber Groups Svirél and was ranked among the “Ten of the Best”. This year she won first prize for the second consecutive year at the prestigious Ernst Volkmann-Preis International Zither Competition in Munich. She has performed for audiences at independent concerts and recitals both in Slovenia and abroad (Hannover, Zürich, the Musical Season on Castle Rače, Listening at the Opera (Jeunesses Musicales Ljubljana), the Slovenian Philharmonic Hall, (Jeunesses Musicales Stage, (Jeunesses Musicales Slovenia), the Zither Season in Žalec, etc. She has been the holder of a Slovenian Ministry of Culture scholarship since 2018. Besides her solo performances Tajda also collaborates with various chamber ensembles and orchestras. She is a scholarship holder of the Slovenian Ministry of Culture and also regularly performs as a scholarship holder under the auspices of the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now München. Since 2021 Tajda has also been performing as a stage musician at the Theater Grenzenlos in Munich. Her repertoire includes adaptations of old Baroque music, virtuoso zither classics and modern original zither music. She promotes the zither by playing compositions that are written especially for the zither and by collaborating with contemporary composers. Through her way of playing and her emotional interpretations, Tajda would like to touch audiences and make them familiar with this instrument.